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The Fires of Heaven

Book Five of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 5
Length: 36 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15,242 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

...Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.

...Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a 'Roihan, is weaving new plans.

...Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.

...Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.

For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of Heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs.

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

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  • Jeff
  • Wildomar, CA, USA
  • 05-28-05

The fires of Heaven

Possibly the best so far if your following the series. The "Great Hunt" a close second. No matter how they review you cannot pick up this book in the middle. If you've finished 1 thru 4 you should read "New Spring" before you do this one. Much insight and a real good story. In this one people are gone you would never have expected to be gone. Rand is slowly becoming someone you'd never recoginize from the first book. I just wish audible would not offer 9 out of 10 books in a series and leave out #5 for so long. The average member is not looking that far ahead when he/she starts out.
I've been waiting for this book a long time.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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It's about time!

Man...these books are great! Michael and Kate need to hurry up and read FASTER! :) I have to agree that the unabridged versions are SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the abridged versions...don't even waste your time with them.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great book for a long ride

I've enjoyed listening to the series so far. Sometimes the names get confusing (like "domaunie" the land and the girl that can channel but is on a leash) but the readers are great. Yes readerS... 2 of them. A woman for the mostly women parts and a man for the mostly men parts of the book. Its quite cleaver and is very enjoyable after you get used to it.
Sometimes Robert gets a little repetitive with the whole "smoothing a skirt" or other traits of a character but then that?s his style.
The story line is great and somewhat original.
I'd recommend this book to those that like Fantasy Books.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great Series

I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Miriam
  • Mesa, AZ, USA
  • 04-16-05

Men vs. Women

I have liked all of Jordan's book including this 5th book. The only complaint I have is constant reference that Men think Women are stupid and Women think Men are stupid. I think it is safe to say the there are times when we all share the this viewpoint but he uses it ALL the time in this 5th book. I also had some trouble following all the various path the many characters take. On the whole I have enjoyed Jordan's books and I will buy all the rest if they show up. It so involved a story you can't stop at Book 5. He makes the characters so real you can't help but want to know what happens.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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The Fires From Heaven

Just seemed to drag on and on and on. Almost fell asleep several time until part 5, then everything happened at once.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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This was a great installment

Lots of intrigue and character development (though I could have predicted what happened in the last hour with three of the characters). A few really great cliffhangers for the next book. I miss Perrin and Fayile from the last book - on to book 6 to see if they show up!

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  • Mikael
  • Laholm, Sweden
  • 08-20-12

Another great book in the Wheel of Times serie

What made the experience of listening to The Fires of Heaven the most enjoyable?

After getting used to listen to two different narrators I have become to appreciate it.

What did you like best about this story?

I can't really say what I think is best about the story since I appreciate everything in it. Robert Jordan was in my view a master when it came to writing fantasy. You can see the lands and characters before your eyes when reading/listening to his books.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

I'm sure I will listen to more books narrated by them, atleast in this serie.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would like to listen at it in one sitting but it's not really possible because of the lenght of it.

Any additional comments?

The Wheel of Times is a masterpiece that I would recommend to anyone that fancies fatasy. This is one of the best series out there in my opinion

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  • Brian
  • California City, CA, United States
  • 05-22-13

Come on with the gender wars already!!

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Experience and emotion.

Any additional comments?

Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Arvada, Co, United States
  • 08-03-13

Too Good to Put Down

What made the experience of listening to The Fires of Heaven the most enjoyable?

The Narration is great on this book and I don't think the narrators could have done a better job. The characters and the plot great from beginning to end. If you like Fiction and Fantasy you will love it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fires of Heaven?

There were so many memorable moments I laughed at or worried about or just got totally involved in. But the strongest moment for the main character of the book "Rand" was to me the last chapter where he finally showed he was the Leader he was meant to be and able to make the tough decisions. I think he really became a man at that moment to me.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh, they bring so much enjoyment and character to the book. I get to the point I look for hearing their voice. I listened to a short book waiting for my credit to purchase the next book and listening to a completely different style of narrator made me really appreciate Kate & Michael much more. They are perfect with the narration as well as the voices they come up with for different characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You bet! I did not but if I could have I would have!

Any additional comments?

I promised myself I would only listen to this series of books while I exercised and it was not long before I first caught myself working out more just to keep listening to the book, and then I finally threw that promise away because I enjoyed the book so much. I think you will see what I mean.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jules
  • 01-21-13

Transported to another world

I have read all the Wheel of Time novels before (more than once), but with the last book on its way, it was time to update myself on the story. This was made so much easier by plugging into audible. My family found it quite annoying as I spent so much time listening, but not to them.



I loved the double narration which divided the story into its male and female halves. And Robert Jordan's story, which I have been following since 1996, is an absolute winner. Love it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A. May
  • 12-26-12

Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic.

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

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  • esplps
  • 06-05-19

love it

brilliant i cant wait to get on to the next one. amazing story well told.

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  • Nonovur Dambiz
  • 03-07-19

As good as I remembered it

Years past, I read this series at a relative gallop, loved it & am listening through it now. The tale is just as captivating as I remembered. The interweave of perspective, especially in the penultimate chapter, holds just as strongly as before.

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  • S.
  • 02-08-19

Great

Fantastic narrators and consistant throughout the whole series. I really enjoy the story and all characters.

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  • Ruth hill
  • 01-21-19

Further into the amazing story

Onward and upward this story takes me and with the turn of every page I feel more and more engrossed in the futures of each character.

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  • Matt
  • 01-14-19

Fantastic

I'm absolutely loving the wheel of time books I can get enough of them there great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-18

Final part feels rushed, maybe sometimes that way

I would like to see a mastery and then planning by rand. I feel the foreshadowing is too obvious and would prefer some "oh that's what... OHHH!!" moments...
Maybe the rushed end is how it has to be whilst Rand is not masterful, just. Nynaeve needs surprise on her side...

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  • @gethinmorgan
  • 06-01-18

Brilliant

Loved this audiobook. The story is good and the voice work amazing. I'm plunging into book 6 allready!

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  • Benji
  • 04-06-18

Read the rest, it's Epic

Easily one of the best fantasy universes I have ever come across. Timeless, and well worth the time spent.

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  • timothy
  • 05-29-17

Fantastic book and series

So addictive the more you read and the last few books in this series is epic

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-16

Frustrating

There is too much repeating from previous books to make this a really good listen. The characters should just talk to each other and the whole thing would be done, most frustrating

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  • Kristopher
  • 12-11-14

Great characters and story, however...

Such a great story with so many things happening and I really want to know whats happening next. Though the female characters are nearly always complaining and whining that it's hard to like any of them and found myself getting frustrated because of it. Was read very well as usual and despite my negative points, I'm listening to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

my thoughts

2nd time through and it is still brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant and once again brilliant.

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  • Richard McKenna
  • 02-04-19

much better. I was ready to give it up but...

much better than the last. worth moving onto the next. I am surprised as the writing style seems to have changed, almost faster or more directional rather than the circles of before

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  • Dean
  • 08-08-18

enjoyable

was a great book. can't belive Morain is has died... can't wait to listen to the next one.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful